• baby getting head measured
  • washing hands with soap and water
  • food safety inspection
  • mom kissing smiling baby
  • nurse taking blood pressure
  • three older ladies exercising
  • immunization in arm
  • various foods

Bates County Health Center

Bates County Health Center was opened as a demonstration unit on April 1, 1975. A vote of the citizens on August 3, 1976 approved a mill tax for the continuation of the local public health agency. Since its establishment, the Bates County Health Center has been dedicated to protecting the health and well-being of the citizens of the county. Although services offered have changed over the years, we still strive to fulfill the mission of public health which is to Prevent, Promote, and Protect our citizens.


Health Center hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Extended hours include remaining open until 7:00 p.m. the first Thursday of every month.

Did You Know?

  • WIC is a supplemental nutrition program available for pregnant, breastfeeding and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to the age of five who are found to be at nutritional risk.
  • Applicants to the WIC program must meet eligibility in four areas: (1) categorical (2) residential (3) income and (4) nutrition risk.
  • By providing supplemental foods, health care referrals and nutrition education to participants, WIC helps to prevent health problems and improve the health status of participants.
  • Cheese, milk, yogurt, eggs, cereal, peanut butter, bread, tortillas, fresh and frozen fruits & vegetables, infant fruits and vegetables and formula for infants who are not breastfed are some of the supplemental foods WIC can provide.
  • WIC is a federal assistance program of the Food and Nutrition Services of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and is available here in our office.

  Health Update

Think Measles. Guidelines for patient evaluation, diagnosis and management.

As of May 10, 2019 there have been 839 cases of measles reported across 23 states, including Missouri. This is the greatest number of cases reported in the U.S. since 1994 and since measles was declared eliminated in 2000. Immunization rates have dropped causing this outbreak.